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    correct expressions

    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me what should I say:

    1) “ to work in / at (?) a butcher / a butcher’s / a butchery / in a butcher shop (?)” (= dans une boucherie)

    2) “a membership of actors” ? (= company ?)

    3) “a tell-story” (does this expression exist ? = a folk-tale ?)

    4) X wrote besides plays poems OR X wrote plays besides poems.

    5) The fact that John left / had left (?) his home town (native town = wrong?) is a blessing because if he didn’t / hadn’t he wouldn’t have had the chance to ...

    6) they discovered / perceived the ??? of his talent.
    (= “symptoms” but in a positive sense)

    7) Actors started to talk to him before becoming a well-known person.
    (“becoming” here refers to “actors” or “him”?)

    8) "to perceive someone’s intelligence" ?
    (= when talking to s.o. you can feel that they are intelligent)

    9) “he is on his way to become famous” ?
    (= he set his foot on the road to fame)

    Thank you for your help,
    Hela


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    Re: correct expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you please tell me what should I say:

    1) “ to work in / at (?) a butcher / a butcher’s / a butchery / in a butcher shop (?)” (= dans une boucherie) in a butcher's

    2) “a membership of actors” ? (= company ?) company is fine

    3) “a tell-story” (does this expression exist ? = a folk-tale ?) I think some context might help here.

    4) X wrote besides plays poems OR X wrote plays besides poems. OR Besides poems, X wrote plays.

    5) The fact that John left / had left (?)[either is fine] his home town (native town = wrong?home town is more colloquial) is a blessing because if he didn’t / hadn’t he wouldn’t have had the chance to ...

    6) they discovered / perceived the ??? of his talent. perceived the evidence
    (= “symptoms” but in a positive sense)

    7) Actors started to talk to him before becoming a well-known person.
    (“becoming” here refers to “actors” or “him”?) I think "him" - Before he became famous, actors had started to talk to him.

    8) "to perceive someone’s intelligence" ?
    (= when talking to s.o. you can feel that they are intelligent) "became aware of xxxx's intelligence

    9) “he is on his way to becoming famous” ?
    (= he set his foot on the road to fame)

    Thank you for your help,
    Hela
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    Re: correct expressions

    Thank you very much, Anglika, for answering so promptly.

    2) but is it correct or wrong to say “a membership of actors” to mean “a company of actors” ?

    3) can we say that a legend is a tell-story (= a folk-tale) ?
    There is a difference between a “myth” and a “legend”, isn’t there?

    5)but if I say “left” in the first clause can I use “hadn’t” in the second ?
    The fact that John left his native town is a blessing because if he hadn’t he wouldn’t have had the chance to ...”

    See you


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    Re: correct expressions

    #1 I have never seen this used - "company" is the accepted term.

    #2 A folk-tale could be a legend. Yes, there is a difference - myths are stories explaining natural or social phenomena, usually involving supernatural beings. Legends are traditional stories [folk tales are traditional stories]

    #3 Indeed you can: The fact that John left his home town was blessing, because if he had not left it he would not have had a chance to....

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    Re: correct expressions

    Good morning Anglika,

    So in the following sentence you do not put an article before "blessing", would you please tell me why?

    The fact that John left his home town was blessing, because if he had not left it he would not have had a chance to....
    Have a nice day.


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    Re: correct expressions

    Sorry - late night typo. You do need the article.

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